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DAMN NFO Viewer - View .nfo files without extra fonts [GUI]


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daonlyfreez
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DAMN NFO Viewer (freeware, ~150k, portable, works fine with built-in Lucida Console, no extra fonts needed, original site down, Softpedia mirror)

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DAMN NFO Viewer is an utility designed for viewing text files containing ASCII Art (e.g. nfo files), and it proved itself to be handy.

So, if you're fed up with starting some DOS-like file manager each time you need to view nfo file, or ain't too happy with the viewer you use, or (worst case) use Notepad - give this little tool a try.

Here are some key features of "DAMN NFO Viewer":

· Available in multiple languages
· Chinese Simplified, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish. You can choose the languages during installation and switch between them later via Settings dialog.
· Hyperlinks / Email addresses autodetection
· The viewer automatically detects hyperlinks / email addresses and shows them as clickable shortcuts.
· Customizable appearance
· You can set text/background colors, colors for hyperlinks and hovered hyperlinks, whether or not you want hyperlinks to be underlined, and choose between 3 built-in fonts, available in different sizes.
· Word Wrap
· You can switch between word wrap, character wrap and no wrap.
· Shell integration
· The Viewer can be set as the default application to open files with .nfo and .diz extensions. You get fancy file icons as a bonus.
· Smart line breaks handling
· Unix style line breaks are supported (that is, you won't notice any difference). Moreover, the Viewer correctly displays files with doubled/tripled/etc. (e.g. because of improper multiple UnixWindows conversions) line breaks.
· Unicode support
· Unicode version of the program is installed automatically if the operation system supports it. Unicode version provides better support for multilingual user interface.
· Copy-on-Select
· When this feature is on, text gets copied to clipboard automatically after you have finished selecting it (released shift key or left mouse button). After the selected text has been copied, the selected area will flash shortly and the text will get deselected (so for those who thought it's a bug: it is not).
· Direct Scroll mode
· In this mode there's no caret so you can't select text with keyboard, but you can navigate through file contents more easily (like in your browser). Turning it off makes it more like viewing a file in a text editor. and more...
· including Most Recently Viewed nfos list (accessible via menu or Alt+R), Drag&Drop support, ... well, check for yourself.




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i love this...

if you view the same nfo with wordpad\notepad youll see independent characters, but in DAMN it is so cool!

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GetDiz is a fully featured text editor which can replace Notepad while maintaining an incredible speed, ease of use and small size. You can display and edit any text files with GetDiz. Additionally it offers enhanced functionality with DIZ and NFO files, which are often included in ZIP archives. GetDiz is able to display ASCII art correctly and save text, nfo and diz files as GIF images. The user interface is handy, small and specific. An optional USB-Stick installation is also possible.

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Some issues:

- GetDiz installs the following fonts into the Windows/Fonts folder:

GetDizLarge.fon
GetDizTiny.fon

The only system font that shows the ASCII correct, is Terminal, which is not a standard Windows font.

So, it is not really portable.

- The total size of the program is around 400k, way bigger than DAMN NFO Viewer

- The installer tries to install the Ask Toolbar.

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why take so much trouble?
just open the .nfo file using Notepad or Notepad++
or use total commander and press F3 (quick view)

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@daonlyfreez: This app can be done in AHK, friend. :)

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@daonlyfreez: This app can be done in AHK, friend.


Hey SKAN 8) . Er, how?

The issue seems to be that most of these .nfo/.diz use a DOS codepage/font. Now I know there is some code somewhere from you on how to use a custom font in an .ahk gui, did you mean that? Even then, an edit box with the "correct" text does not offer back/foreground colors and clickable links. A rich-edit control would do, but unfortunately the available rich-edit for .ahk has no support for clickable links (afaik), and custom loaded fonts either... And for it to be portable, the font needs either be available (standard), or a custom one that need not be installed on the host machine (not in the Fonts folder).

Or did you think of some other options?

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why take so much trouble?
just open the .nfo file using Notepad or Notepad++
or use total commander and press F3 (quick view)

I agree, i associate my NFO files with my Notepad2 and it doesnt causes any trouble watsoever, its easier that way too.

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did you think of some other options?


Edit Control and Lucida Console font..
..Same as D*** NFO viewer
( I will come to the Clickable Links part later )

I figured out how D*** NFO viewer is working by deductive reasoning.

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Hmm.

When I open .nfo/.diz files in Notepad or this Notepad2, they come out garbled.

Using this Notepad2, the files show correctly, but "ugly" with default font, and no underlined links (+ 1.4 MB in size).

I was looking for the smallest possible, portable solution. So far, Damn NFO Viewer does the best job. But I'm always looking for a better option.

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Thanks SKAN. Interesting stuff.

How would you go about showing those files when Lucida Console is not installed (which it isn't, on default)? Would your "font-loading" code help for that?

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How would you go about showing those files when Lucida Console is not installed (which it isn't, on default)?


Courier New can be used.. Am I missing something? :roll:

EDIT: According to The List Lucida Console is installed by default in WIN_NT

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why take so much trouble?
just open the .nfo file using Notepad or Notepad++
or use total commander and press F3 (quick view)

I agree, i associate my NFO files with my Notepad2 and it doesnt causes any trouble watsoever, its easier that way too.


Only if the file is already Unicode ...
You should try opening a UNIX NFO that contains only `n instead of `r`n for breaks.

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Courier New can be used.. Am I missing something?

EDIT: According to The List Lucida Console is installed by default in WIN_NT


Courier New is ugly, but apparently you are right, Lucida Console should be installed. So, that is one less issue. :)

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but unfortunately the available rich-edit for .ahk has no support for clickable links (afaik)

Thats not true. RichEdit @ Forms supports clicable links along with notification so you can do anything you want. Also, not only links, any text. See SetCharFormat LINK style and enable LINK event in SetEvents() function.

As of Damn NFO Viewer, its great portable tool and most importantly, it registers itself to handle nfo files on each start up.
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